Occupy Rogers Park (ORP), allies to erect memorial and host tribute for record number of Chicago homicide victims: Begins long term action on root causes of the violence.

Date/time: Saturday, December 15, 2012; at 4 p.m.

Location: Lunt Beach, at Lunt Avenue and the lakefront.

~Occupy Rogers Park announces an event to recognize the 496 people killed in Chicago so far this year, to demand action to end the violence, and to inaugurate their own youth initiative.The event will include a display of 496 individual wooden stars, cut to resemble the iconic six pointed stars of the Chicago flag. Upon each star is written the name of one victim of violence, creating a powerful image of the fallen and it’s cost to our communities.

According to Occupy Rogers Park member Kelly Hayes: “Violence and killing affects all of us and degrades our communities, and to address that we must confront the real causes, which disproportionately impact communities of color and the poor…”

Adds another member, Jim Ginderske, “A “war” on drugs and some of the strictest gun control laws in America can’t overcome decades of neglect of education and other core functions of civil society. “

ORP will be joined by the Peace Angels, a mostly volunteer Rogers Park youth engagement group, and by the Overpass Light Brigade who will participate in the event to recognize the fallen. Other groups, including Occupy the South Side and Occupy El Barrio will join in our call for real solutions and peace on our streets. This event will also inaugurate the ORP youth initiative, an organized effort to connect youth to community members and to assist existing service providers in reaching our most vulnerable kids.

Occupy Rogers Park rejects the oversimplified cultural narrative of “gang related” criminality, which has consistently been used as a means of dismissing an epidemic of violence rooted in poverty and oppression. ORP believes that the real drivers of the violence are poverty, segregation, and corruption, and that our other systemic issues are rooted in that deadly combination and it’s confluence here in Chicago. We have more police than any other large city, and very strict gun laws, yet homicide is a nearly daily occurrence in Chicago.

Contact: Jim Ginderske



About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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